Gas fireplace installation in Indiana is becoming increasingly popular. Considering the many benefits, it may be time to explore some gas fireplace tips and benefits to determine what fireplace is best for you.
Not only are gas fireplaces energy efficient – but they don’t produce the sparks or ashes like a wood burning fireplace. Therefore, there’s a lot less to clean over time. Different fireplaces require different types of care, but generally gas fireplaces do not require the same amount of maintenance a wood fireplace can. Still, the National Fire Protection Association recommends annual inspection by a certified chimney sweep for all fireplaces and chimneys, wood or gas burning.
A gas fireplace installation may not be cheaper to install, but the time and energy saved is well worth the investment in your home. Compared to their wood-burning counterparts, gas fireplaces may only cost around $100 to operate annually, compared to $375 for wood burning. This eliminates the time and cost of gathering or purchasing your firewood, sweeping creosote out of your chimney, or dealing with unwelcome odors from the chimney.
Unlike a wood burning fireplace, the gas flame in a direct vent fireplace is behind a glass barrier. The tempered glass is responsible for the generous radiant heat produced. Furthermore, gas fireplaces are equipped with a protective screen barrier, providing peace of mind if young children and pets are in the home. Instead of having an entire fire to put out, you can start and stop your fire at any time by simply using the standard remote control.
Gas fireplaces eliminate one of the most time-consuming components of any fireplace: firewood. Finding and splitting firewood can become quite a project. With a Natural Gas or Liquid Propane fueled fireplace, you simply need to hit the button for instant enjoyment.
Gas fireplaces produce fewer emissions because the energy source is more environmentally friendly. Traditional wood-burning fireplaces are actually inefficient while heating a room because if it is poorly insulated, the chimney can bring in cool air. Sometimes even resulting in backdrafting and smoke entering the home. This is known as the “Stack-Effect”.
Gas fireplace repair is less common and expensive, as the absence of wood does not cause creosote buildup. As creosote builds up overtime chimney sweeping is necessary to prevent chimney fires, unlike a gas fireplace. A very small carbon residue is common, and easily cleaned every 1-2 years.
No chimney required
For homes that don’t have traditional chimneys in Indiana, gas fireplace installation can be a huge advantage because a chimney may not be necessary. That means most of the significant maintenance that goes to caring for a chimney is not required, nor is building one.